This is an analysis of the poem Quis Separabit? that begins with:

All my life's short years had been stern and sterile --
   I stood like one whom the blasts blow back -- ...

Elements of the verse: questions and answers

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  • Rhyme scheme: abab cacX dede afaX fgfg hdhd cici ajaj
  • Stanza lengths (in strings): 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,
  • Closest metre: trochaic pentameter
  • –°losest rhyme: alternate rhyme
  • –°losest stanza type: tercets
  • Guessed form: unknown form
  • Metre: 11110101110 111110111 10101101010 1111011001 111011001010 111110111 111011101110 1101011010 11101011110 110101101 1111101110 1000101111 111101101110 111101111 11101101110 10011010100 11111101010 111100111 0111001010 111100101 01101111010 1111001001 1101101110 111101101 1101101010 110111101 1101101110 110100111 11111101110 111111111 1101011110 11010111
  • Amount of stanzas: 8
  • Average number of symbols per stanza: 223
  • Average number of words per stanza: 34
  • Amount of lines: 32
  • Average number of symbols per line: 55 (very long strings)
  • Average number of words per line: 9
  • Mood of the speaker:

    The punctuation marks are various. Neither mark predominates.

  • The author used lexical repetitions to emphasize a significant image; my, i, and, heart are repeated.

    The poet used anaphora at the beginnings of some neighboring lines. The same word the is repeated.

If you write a school or university poetry essay, you should Include in your explanation of the poem:

  • summary of Quis Separabit?;
  • central theme;
  • idea of the verse;
  • history of its creation;
  • critical appreciation.

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